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Old 08-21-2012, 12:32 PM   #271
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Hi Everyone - I'm new to both the Disney forums and the Tinker Bell race. This race will be my first ever half marathon, actually first time ever not running by myself in a gym and more than 5 miles. I'm extremely nervous and my goal is just to finish without getting picked up by slow patrol. Unfortunately I couldn't convince any friends or family to run with me. So I'm really excited and grateful for all the tips on this board.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:11 PM   #272
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Thanks for the welcome! I think you're entirely right on the budgeting, it didn't at first hit me how much this could all cost since luckily I live close to Disneyland. But now I'm contemplating the Princess half to try for the coast to coast and it's a fortune! Well at least if I'm spending all my time training, I won't have time to spend my money shopping for clothes and shoes like I usually do and that can all go to my Disneyworld savings pot.
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Old 08-21-2012, 02:35 PM   #273
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Thanks for the welcome! I think you're entirely right on the budgeting, it didn't at first hit me how much this could all cost since luckily I live close to Disneyland. But now I'm contemplating the Princess half to try for the coast to coast and it's a fortune! Well at least if I'm spending all my time training, I won't have time to spend my money shopping for clothes and shoes like I usually do and that can all go to my Disneyworld savings pot.
not so fast...you'll just get addicted to shopping for running clothes and new running shoes...and then Disney-inspired race day outfits...spending $$ for all the fun vendors at the race Expo...it goes on and on! You're gonna have a blast
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:07 PM   #274
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not so fast...you'll just get addicted to shopping for running clothes and new running shoes...and then Disney-inspired race day outfits...spending $$ for all the fun vendors at the race Expo...it goes on and on! You're gonna have a blast
So true. But at least I can justify it to myself that all of these items are making my runs more comfortable / supporting my joints, etc. At least that's what I tell myself and my husband.

Great pictures by the way, so inspiring! How many races have you run?
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:17 PM   #275
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So true. But at least I can justify it to myself that all of these items are making my runs more comfortable / supporting my joints, etc. At least that's what I tell myself and my husband.

Great pictures by the way, so inspiring! How many races have you run?
Exactly! It's all necessary!

thank you Those are all of the Disney runs I've participated in so far starting with the 2011 Princess....well, except for the DL 5k that I did the year before that, but I didn't get that picture...I have no idea why! It was a real last minute thing...I lieterally made plans to meet up and buy the bib from someone in Anaheim (the race had sold out) that same evening a couple of hours before I left for the airport! I've done a few 5 and 10k's locally and have 3 more Disney races on the schedule at the moment...ToT 10 miler, Princess and Tink...no plans to stop yet. I'm tired just from typing all of that
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Old 08-21-2012, 03:52 PM   #276
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Exactly! It's all necessary!

thank you Those are all of the Disney runs I've participated in so far starting with the 2011 Princess....well, except for the DL 5k that I did the year before that, but I didn't get that picture...I have no idea why! It was a real last minute thing...I lieterally made plans to meet up and buy the bib from someone in Anaheim (the race had sold out) that same evening a couple of hours before I left for the airport! I've done a few 5 and 10k's locally and have 3 more Disney races on the schedule at the moment...ToT 10 miler, Princess and Tink...no plans to stop yet. I'm tired just from typing all of that
That's amazing!!! Have you always been into running or did you just get started in 2010?

Running is still new for me. I dropped 50 pounds through diet and exercise and now that I've gotten down to a more normal weight have been trying to maintain and stay healthy. While I've gotten comfortable with routine treadmill runs and the elliptical machine, distance running is posing a huge challenge for me. I can't seem to keep my eyes off my watch while I run. I'm not sure I'll ever cross over from using running as an act of weight control into truly enjoying the act of running - but the Tinker Bell run is keeping me motivated and giving me something to look forward too. I'm hoping that the thrill of the event and that shiny medal keep me going for years to come. Thanks for the inspiration!
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:49 PM   #277
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That's amazing!!! Have you always been into running or did you just get started in 2010?

Running is still new for me. I dropped 50 pounds through diet and exercise and now that I've gotten down to a more normal weight have been trying to maintain and stay healthy. While I've gotten comfortable with routine treadmill runs and the elliptical machine, distance running is posing a huge challenge for me. I can't seem to keep my eyes off my watch while I run. I'm not sure I'll ever cross over from using running as an act of weight control into truly enjoying the act of running - but the Tinker Bell run is keeping me motivated and giving me something to look forward too. I'm hoping that the thrill of the event and that shiny medal keep me going for years to come. Thanks for the inspiration!
I was never a runner! My BF got into it a couple of years before I did...started working out and running with the DL half as his goal. I was at that one and the following year's WDW half with him to cheer him on and the atmosphere was intoxicating! Never in a million years did I think I would EVER even have the slightest urge to try it. I thought he was flat out nuts for doing it. But after being at those 2 events, I just couldn't help it! I asked my trainer if she thought it was something I could do...in 8 months...and that I wouldn't be offended if she laughed at me She didn't, of course and said if I was willing to make the commitment, she could tell he how to get there. Honestly, I doubted and questioned myself on almost every run until I hit 8 miles for the first time. I don't know what it was about that particular mileage or that run, but that was the first time I knew for sure I was going to cross the finish line. Of course, I never thought I'd put myself through that again...until I crossed that finish line! I was like "when's the next one, where do I sign up??" Disney bling is for sure a great motivator! During my first training period, my trainer and BF told me over and over again, "training is the hardest and scariest part. Race day is a piece of CAKE!" It was hard to believe then, but they were 100% right. Have a plan in place, stick to it and see the training through and you'll have a blast on race day! I swear, I don't even remember feeling winded during my first race...it was a total blur!

Congrats on your weight loss, that's great! Alot of people find that with distance running, it gets hard to lose any weight as your mileage increases. Taking in the right kinds of calories will become vital to keep your body fueled for those runs, so don't let that discourage you if that happens. You might not see the scale move, but you'll notice some reshaping, that's for sure!

I don't know that I'll ever "love" running either...I live in Texas heat, so I pretty much despise it for much of the year...like right now. It's like THE WORST! But, it's an excuse to travel to Disney even more and the races really are just so fun, so I'm sticking to it for now.
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Old 08-21-2012, 04:57 PM   #278
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Hi Everyone - I'm new to both the Disney forums and the Tinker Bell race. This race will be my first ever half marathon, actually first time ever not running by myself in a gym and more than 5 miles. I'm extremely nervous and my goal is just to finish without getting picked up by slow patrol. Unfortunately I couldn't convince any friends or family to run with me. So I'm really excited and grateful for all the tips on this board.
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I think you will love running the Tinker Bell 1/2. It was the funnest 1/2 I have ever done. Also the only one that I get to wear wings in.
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Old 08-21-2012, 05:07 PM   #279
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Thanks for the welcome! I think you're entirely right on the budgeting, it didn't at first hit me how much this could all cost since luckily I live close to Disneyland. But now I'm contemplating the Princess half to try for the coast to coast and it's a fortune! Well at least if I'm spending all my time training, I won't have time to spend my money shopping for clothes and shoes like I usually do and that can all go to my Disneyworld savings pot.
I'm also doing the Princess next year to finally get my C2C.

I agree with Cripey....you will start checking out running clothing and shoes, and all that stuff and the new colors that come out each season and end up spending more time buying running gear then clothes at your favorite department store.
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Old 09-15-2012, 05:37 PM   #280
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Hey! How did we fall to the second page?!? How's everyone's training going?
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Hey! How did we fall to the second page?!? How's everyone's training going?
I started following the Tinker Bell, time goal by Jeff Galloway. It training officially started this week and I'm off to a good start. We purchased a treadmill so I'm finding it easier to run on that "any time" vs hitting the pavement.
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Old 09-16-2012, 03:10 PM   #282
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Welcome to the group Kris! I'm also doing tink and princess for c2c!

I'm really happy where I am right now. I did 6.25 miles today, well ahead of the Galloway plan I'm following. I've got the finish in upright position bookmarked right now

The time is still slow, but faster than last year, so it's progress for sure! I'm in a really good place with diet and exercise and hope to get those 20-25 goal pounds off before Tink. I have a lot more to go after that, but feeling hopeful those 20-25 will be gone by the time we run.

How's everyone else feeling? Cooler weather for you?
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Old 09-16-2012, 05:39 PM   #283
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I'll be earning my C2C with the W&D this year (did Tink in Jan). I'm actually a bit behind on my training because I got a bit of a chest cold this past week. Reading all of you guys training for the Tink while I still have the W&D BEFORE the Tink sure is keeping me on task! We're having a gorgeous Seattle September, so it's actually a joy to train!
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I haven't read back, but is anyone going Goofy and then Tink? In. Sane. (yes, I'm one of them!)
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Old 09-20-2012, 04:15 PM   #285
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Hi Everyone!

I've finally decided to just go for it and do the Tink and Princess for the C2C. The Princess falls on my birthday weekend so thought I'd give myself a trip to WDW as a gift.

I'm working on training, I just hit 8 miles which is the most I've ever run in one session. So it's a big deal for me. I'm just pleased I didn't collapse or die outright. Being a newbie, this training has given me a new appreciation for runner's clothes. I used to think expensive workout clothes were a gimmick - but now that I'm clocking in longer sessions I'm finding I can feel every ounce of sweat soaked up by my cotton shirt weighing me down. And those expensive wicking clothes and sports bras are making total sense now. I've been doing most of my training runs on a treadmill since it's still pretty hot here. How much harder is it running outside vs. on a treadmill?

Hope everyone else's training is going well too!
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